Rescue on the Trinity River: CHP Release More Information on Saturday’s Crash

Woman huddled on the roof of her vehicle which was submerged in the Trinity River after a crash Saturday. [Photo provided by the CHP]

Woman huddled on the roof of her vehicle which was submerged in the Trinity River after a crash Saturday. [Photo provided by the CHP]

On February 10th, 2024, around 4:50 PM, a Nissan Rogue crashed off of Hwy 299 into the Trinity River east of Junction City after reportedly speeding. The driver, a woman who was alone in the vehicle, managed to escape through a window and climbed onto the car’s roof. The car eventually was carried several hundred feet downstream by the current.

A helicopter assisted with rescuing the driver.

A helicopter assisted with rescuing the driver. [Photo provided by CHP]

Emergency responders, including the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and other agencies, arrived quickly at the scene. The CHP Northern Division’s helicopter, H-14, was deployed and successfully lifted the woman, 39-year-old Elena Melee of Junction City, to safety. She was then taken to Mercy Medical Center Redding by Trinity County Life Support.

Authorities have stated that alcohol or drugs do not appear to have been factors in the accident. The CHP thanked all the agencies that helped with the rescue. They urging everyone not to speed. “We hope this crash will serve as a reminder of the dangers of driving at excessive speeds,” the press release stated. “Slow down and arrive alive.”

Earlier: Major Injury Accident on Hwy 299 East of Junction City

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Ben Round
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Ben Round
13 days ago

So I guess they concluded this accident was caused by speed rather than inattentive (cell phone distracted) driving?
Speeding tickets are meant, in part to correct behaviors. Losing your car, surely totaled, and riding atop it down the river, should certainly be even more, a lesson.
Hope she is okay and has learned a few things.

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Tangled Massocells
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Tangled Massocells
13 days ago
Reply to  Ben Round

If it was cell phone distraction… our Governor and State Assembly need to pass laws that will require all vehicles to stop rolling if the phone goes into use! The laws will go into effect years from now in order for technology to “catch up” and, of course long after they lawmakers are dead. It will be real popular especially with young people. You make a good point however! Seems like more accidents than ever. Cell Phones?

NoBody
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NoBody
13 days ago

And how are they to differentiate between a passenger or a driver using their phone?

Tangled Massocells
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Tangled Massocells
13 days ago
Reply to  NoBody

There will be cameras mandated on board – so smile. Life jackets will also be required. All said, she was lucky to get on the roof. Swimming would be at minimum – cold.

Ullr Rover
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Ullr Rover
13 days ago

If only the State will mandate we all ive in bubbles to keep us safe at all times.

Clearthinker
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Clearthinker
9 days ago

a little controlling and draconian don’t you think? accidents happen. Cant live in bubble wrap.

Wabbajck
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Wabbajck
13 days ago

There are so many places on that river where going off the roadway is automatically fatal, she is lucky she landed where she did. Could have fallen a couple hundred feet in elevation and landed in a deep pool, where even a car might not be found until flows go back down in the summer.

North westCertain license plate out of thousands c
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North westCertain license plate out of thousands c
13 days ago

There she is, setting right in the middle of a great steelhead run without a fishing pole.

Antichrist
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Antichrist
13 days ago

Dumping all that coolant fuel and oil into some of the most heavenly natural habitat i have ever see .

abbyfreya
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abbyfreya
13 days ago

I hope she doesn’t live out the definition of her last name.

jimmy2shoes
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jimmy2shoes
13 days ago

That Nissan went rogue alright

Catbus1974
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Catbus1974
12 days ago

Just passed what looked to be a fatality west of Weaverville around 2:30 pm today. Windy roads.